BIG List of Helpful 'Learning Spanish' Resources
This may or may not come in handy, but I thought I'd share a list of good resources that I've come across in my language studies. Duolingo is awesome, but of course it takes a village. I haven't read every book, movie, or resource in here so I can't vouch for all material (those I haven't yet were at least recommendations), but I have explored much of it. If you have any additional resources please do share.
Apologies for the lack of descriptions, there's just too many to go through and annotate so you'll have to do some exploration :)<h1>General Tools/Resources</h1>
- http://duolingo.com/ (Obviously. Included in case this list gets cut/pasted elsewhere)
- http://wordsgalore.com/wordsgalore/languages/spanish/spanish1000.html 1,000 most frequent spanish words
- http://www.reddit.com/r/IWantToLearn/search?q=spanish_sr=on Reddit help
- http://radiolingua.com/shows/spanish/coffee-break-spanish/ (start here http://radiolingua.com/cbs-step-1/)
- http://www.mindsnacks.com/ (Great for vocab)
- http://store.steampowered.com/app/218680/ (Download and play in Spanish)
- Rosetta Stone http://www.rosettastone.com/
- Pimsleur http://www.pimsleur.com/
- Fluenz http://fluenz.com/languages/spanish/learn-spanish/
- Ladron Que Roba a Ladron
- Matando Cabos
- Sin Nombre
- Pan's Lbyrinth (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/)
I've been following this podcast for a few months now and it's been a huge help. I suggest checking it out! Current world news spoken very clearly and a bit slower, thankfully. Even includes a grammar "lesson" in each episode. :D
Are you familiar with Markdown? It's a plain-text formatting syntax that translates to HTML. I'm not sure to what degree Duolingo supports it in comments since there's no mention of it on the site that I see, but I gave it a quick test on this post and basic formatting does work. Check this out for syntax details http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax
Someone wrote on reddit a list of things that work in Duolingo. The link is here with some examples of text formating: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/781395$comment_id=782959
Not dumb :)
There's nothing to 'find'. Markdown lets you add characters right in the body of your content so you don't need a wizzywig (what you see is what you get) editor. Basically, you just add certain formatting characters in your text and it automatically formats it into html when you save it. For example:<h1>Example using '===' under this text</h1>
Example using '---' under this text
Does that make sense? If not, see this for more info http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-and-tips/markdown-the-ins-and-outs/.
There's lots of great stuff on here. I'd found the Coffee Break Spanish podcast a week or so ago, and I can vouch that it's very useful. I've only listened to the first five so far, but I am finding them very useful. I'm just looking forward to when I get to the "level 2" section, since there they have three podcasts in a row dedicated to "por" vs. "para", which I'm struggling with a fair amount ;P.
Something that was posted in the Duo forums ( http://www.duolingo.com/comment/949583 to give credit to the person who posted) about readlang.com and it definitely deserves to be on this list. You can read a bunch of stuff in a bunch of languages, or import your own ebooks, and if you click on a word it'll translate, and it'll keep track of which words you have the most trouble with and drill them with you, with the frequency with which the words are used included in their algorithm. I thought it seemed interesting, and I've been having fun with it.
There's another great site for Spanish learners, especially for clearing up doubts on grammar and vocab. Here's a page from it, providing a full list of False Friends in Spanish: http://www.elearnspanishlanguage.com/vocabulary/falsosamigos.html
Great . . . lingots for you!
Some sources I would recommend:
"501 Spanish Verbs" by Christopher Kendris. Really helpful for learning verbs, but looks a bit complicated at first glance (I had to go step by step). Really helped my spanish.
On youtube, users "lightspeed spanish" and "Easy Languages" - really useful.
Hope this helps.
I've found http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/ and its sister site, http://www.newsinslowspanish.com/latino/?force_switch, to be great resources for listening comprehension. I typically listen to the podcast, then review the flashcards available for each episode, which translate most of the harder vocabulary, then listen to the podcast again. I (at least) feel like my comprehension is improving sharply.